Detroit (3-4) at South Florida (4-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sun Dome (10,411) -- Tampa, Florida. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: UDM 2-2, USF 3-1. Away Record: UDM 1-2, USF 1-0. Neutral Record: UDM 0-0, USF 0-0. Conference Record: UDM 0-0, USF 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Detroit Titans will hit the road to close out the month of November as they take on the South Florida Bulls in a non-conference tilt at the Sun Dome.
Coach Ray McCallum's Titans earned back-to-back wins over James Madison and Florida Atlantic to climb over the .500 mark, but they fell to 3-4 following consecutive close losses to Toledo and Stony Brook at home last weekend. Detroit fell, 80-78, to the Rockets before being defeated, 104-102, in triple- overtime by the Seawolves. The Titans have been very productive at the offensive end to net 78.1 points and log 6.9 makes from beyond the arc per game. However, they are surrendering 74.4 ppg to foes, who have hit on 35.3 percent of their shots from 3-point range.
South Florida fell to 4-1 on Monday when it was dispatched, 93-67, by Marcus Smart and the nationally-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Bulls previously took down Tennessee Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Bowling Green and Stetson for a perfect four-game start to the campaign. Coach Stan Heath's squad is once again very tough defensively with an allowed average of only 68.8 points per game. South Florida is scoring 75.4 ppg itself despite a 32.4 percent clip from behind the 3-point line.
This bout marks the first meeting between the Titans and Bulls on the hardwood.
Detroit fell to Stony Brook despite converting 37-of-43 attempts at the charity stripe, which set a new season-high for points registered at the free- throw line. Juwan Howard, Jr. scored 25 points and handed out seven assists in the loss to Stony Brook. Evan Bruinsma poured in 32 points and grabbed 14 boards while Carlton Brundidge added 19 points. Matthew Grant continued to play solid off the bench as he finished with 11 points. Howard, Jr. has been the centerpiece of the Titans' offensive system en route to averages of 18.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per outing. Brundidge has shown flashes of potential, but is connecting on only 37.1 percent of his shots from the field to produce 11.3 ppg. Bruinsma is averaging 10 ppg after his breakout performance.
USF's rookie forward duo of Chris Perry and John Egbunu stood out in the loss to OSU as they combined for 25 points and 12 rebounds. Corey Allen, Jr. grabbed a game-high 10 boards. Victor Rudd scored 14 points, but fellow All- American Athletic Conference preseason selection Anthony Collins went just 1- of-5 from the field and committed six of the Bulls' 16 turnovers. Rudd is scoring a team-high 14.8 ppg and Allen, Jr. is close behind in the scoring column at 14.6 ppg. Collins, who missed the team's first two games due to injury, is not quite 100 percent yet, but his season averages of 8.3 points and 5.3 assists per game will rise once he gets back into a rhythm.
The Bulls desperately need Collins to become a force at the offensive end or their first year in the AAC will be a struggle. Defensively, USF is a very sound unit, but it currently lacks the firepower to compete against offensively capable foes. The Titans have shown they have the ability to light up the scoreboard, but they have been inconsistent and will have trouble getting open looks in the Sun Dome.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Florida 76, Detroit 68
11/30 10:33:40 ET